Leicester Square, for the big cinemas

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Craig recommends… Here’s my latest Leicester Square review. If you’re visiting Leicester Square you might like to read about the nightlife in the West End and neon lights at Piccadilly Circus. I’ve also had a walk around Covent Garden. And you’ll want to check out our London film guide page to see if there are any big premieres taking place in Leicester Square.

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Leicester Square was named after the Earl of Leicester’s 17th-century mansion, Leicester House, which was originally situated on the northern edge of the square.

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Leicester Square, in Londons West End

Leicester Square is in the heart of London’s West End – the city’s main entertainment district. If you visit in the evening, then the place will be buzzing with people in the pubs and clubs and three huge cinemas.

If you’re lucky then they’ll be having a big film première going on, and you might see a few movie stars walking down the red carpet.

Whilst the square is usually fit to burst with the tourists at nighttime, if you visit Leicester Square in the sunshine hours then it can be a very pleasant affair – this is where Londoners come to eat their lunch and relax by the shady trees and fountains.

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> Craig’s review of Leicester Square – “Everybody looks wrecked in the morning but I'm the middle-aged kind of wrecked, where you roll out of bed feeling like you've only had five minutes kip. These sleeping kids in Leicester Square are the other type: they look like they're at the tail-end of a long night out that still hasn't ended yet. I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore -- I much prefer Leicester S… continued”

If you enjoy this then try: Chinatown (you can walk it in less than 2 mins); Covent Garden (you can walk it in 7 mins); Piccadilly Circus (you can walk it in 4 mins) and Trafalgar Square (you can walk it in 4 mins).

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